High Stakes for Church and State, Rev. Jim Wallis

January 18th, 2007 / 0 Comments

Jim Wallis is the editor and co-founder of Sojourners, a Christian organization promoting social justice policies. Though the organization has been around for almost 30 years, they’ve lately received a burst in popularity, particularly among younger evangelicals, through their campaign "God is not a Republican or a Democrat" during the 2004 election.

In this article, Wallis describes how both Democrat and Republican policies fail to completely meet the marks of Christian faith. He then provides some guidelines for how Christians can evaluate candidates and their policies from the perspective of Christian faith.

Article: "High Stakes For Church and State"


  1. Do you agree with Wallis’s conclusions about how Christian values are (or should be ) represented in politics?
  2. Is Wallis guilty of "confus[ing] the roles of God, church, and nation?"
  3. "What does it mean to confess Christ in the election of 2004?"
  4. In what ways is Wallis’s approach different from Martin Luther King Jr’s approach?

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